Home Living Today Commentary THE EVIL IN LAS VEGAS By Mark Alexander


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There is no question about the magnitude of the Las Vegas tragedy, but there are as of yet no answers to questions about the assailant’s motives.

Las Vegas is Spanish for “the meadows,” named by explorers in the early part of the 19th century.

Today, it is known best as “Sin City,” and Monday, our nation awoke to the horrors of unprecedented evil there — mass murder at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, technically in neighboring Paradise, Nevada.

During the closing performance at the crowded outdoor venue, 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, who had spent several days preparing for his assault from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across Las Vegas Boulevard, began firing on the crowd. Before Las Vegas police could access his location, he managed to murder 58 men and women and injure 527 others among the crowd of 22,000. He then killed himself.

It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, surpassing the Orlando night club massacre last June, in which 49 people were murdered by a Jihadi terrorist.

Thank God that such mass assaults are rare, because the human cost — especially the mass trauma that reaches far beyond the horrific body count — is incalculable. Thank God, also, that country music fans and first responders disregarded their own safety on Sunday night in order to provide cover and life-saving aid for others.

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